GUITAR MAESTRO PHIL KEAGGY TO PERFORM IN CHRISTMAS SHOW AT NASHVILLE’S TPAC
Legendary Christian recording artist and world-renowned guitar maestro Phil Keaggy, in a rare Nashville appearance, will perform December 10 at the “Christmas In America” concert at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Keaggy headlines the show with a number of musicians, including The Benders, a family band featuring six of its 11 children on violin, viola and cello.
The concert, sponsored by The American Policy Roundtable, will showcase Keaggy playing a solo rendition of “Shades of Red & Green” from his Welcome Inn Christmas CD, as well as a number of other holiday tunes. For the finale, Keaggy, on electric guitar, will join the cast of musicians on “Joy to the World.”
The “Christmas In America” show has two exclusive performances in 2011: Nashville on December 10 and a prior performance December 3 in Medina, Ohio.
The concert at TPAC is set to begin at 3 p.m. Tickets – $20, adults; $10, children – can be reserved online at aproundtable.org or purchased at the door.
About Phil Keaggy:
One of the world’s most beloved musicians, Keaggy’s solo career has spanned 40+ years and has included more than 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as eight releases with his band, Glass Harp.Widely recognized for his phenomenal guitar playing as well as his vocal and songwriting prowess, he has received numerous accolades and awards for his music, including seven Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. Keaggy was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and was named one of the Top 10 best rock singers in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com in 2009. In addition, Rolling Stone named him one of the “25 Most Underrated Guitarists,” alongside Prince, The Beatles’ George Harrison, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham.
An accomplished record producer and one of the most sought-after studio guitarists on the planet, Keaggy also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock & roll to fully-orchestrated instrumental compositions.
Keaggy recently released Live From Kegworth Studio through Strobie Records, featuring his most popular live arrangements, including “Salvation Army Band,” “The True Believers” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
The latest project from the Gospel Music Hall of Famer is in response to fan requests through the years following Keaggy’s concerts.
“When I finish a show, people are always asking me if I have a CD with all the songs I played live at the concert. Regrettably, I didn’t have one CD with many of the songs I played on a given night. So I took it upon myself to record live in my home studio many of the songs I do in concert,” says Keaggy.
“With an audience of one,” Keaggy says, “I played and sang my heart out and chose the best takes of each song presented in the collection.”
In true Keaggy fashion, the new project features the musician’s amazing vocals coupled with his brilliant guitar playing and looping magic, using no overdubs.
Live From Kegworth Studio includes elements of all the musical stylings for which Keaggy is famous. He cuts loose with a wailing rendition of the classic “Salvation Army Band,” allows the mood and tempo to take center stage on the Keith Green-penned “Your Love Broke Through,” pays homage to George Harrison with a spot-on rendition of the Beatles’ hit “Here Comes the Sun,” and settles into some intricate acoustic guitar strumming coupled with reflective lyrics on the contemplative “Chalice.”
For more information on Keaggy, Welcome Inn and Live From Kegworth Studio, visit philkeaggy.com.